Fran Josef Haydn
Enjoy the following excerpt from a recent Summer Singers of Atlanta performance.
The Summer Singers of Atlanta was formed in 1990 as one of the earliest projects of the William Baker Choral Foundation. The first chorus registered 95 singers, and interest has grown steadily over the years to a high of 177 registrants for the 2007 Summer Singers’ performance of Mozart’s REQUIEM. In its first quarter-century, the Summer Singers has performed a strong representation of choral/orchestral masterworks. Highlights have included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mass in C, Haydn: The Creation, Te Deum and Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass, Solemn Vespers, Great Mass in C minor and Regina Coeli, Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Messiah excerpts, Brahms Liebeslieder Valzer and Ein deutsches Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria and Beatus Vir, along with dozens of other masterworks. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Summer Singers performed a concert of international works that featured 12 different languages.
The Summer Singers is a concept that has been so successful that it has been imitated both in Atlanta and in other cities across the nation. Yet, the Summer Singers holds the distinction of Atlanta’s original summer chorus. Including the Summer Singers of Atlanta, the Choral Foundation now sponsors five summer choruses with additional ensembles in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, MO, Cartersville, GA and Smyrna, GA.